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Revolution 2020 by Chetan bhagat review

Chetan Bhagat – the name inspires the readers (I thought so until this one). Many followed their writing dreams after reading him and he opened the Indian literary world to the masses. He was a revolution himself when he wrote Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life and 2 States!

The Revolution went haywire somehow midway with the Revolution 2020!

The story is set in one of the pious cities of India – Varanasi or Banaras. It is a story about 3 friends – Gopal, Raghav and Aarti.

It begins with Gopal crashing down after some pegs of drink and our writer friend is left with no other option but to take him hospital, because he won’t get up on his own (!!)  and thus begins the story as a flashback.

Gopal – he is the director of the Ganga Tech College, too young to be a director and only a graduate!!

Raghav – Gopal’s school friend

Aarti – Gopal’s school friend and love interest of both Gopal & Raghav

First chapter gives an impression the book would be a sweet story of 3 buddies. The first scene is set in the school when Gopal & Raghav are stealing lunch boxes during the assembly time and the first victim is our lady “Aarti” and thus begins the everlasting friendship of these 3. The book has been divided into various sections.

Gopal comes from a middle class family whose father is a teacher and the family doesn’t have much income as such. His mother had passed away when he was 4 years old. His father wants him to be an engineer. After all, engineers earn decent money. Whether Gopal manages to become engineer or not is another story altogether?

All 3 grow up together with their own dreams and share of problems.

Both Raghav and Gopal appear together for AIEEE & JEE for engineering and Raghav clears his exams whereas Gopal could not make to any of the engineering colleges. After mulling over all options, he decides to appear again for the exams and goes all the way to Kota for coaching classes leaving his ailing father alone and his love interest.

As it is suppose to happen, Gopal being away for a long time, these gives an opportunity to Raghav and Aarti being together and seal their relationship. When Gopal gets to know, he is devastated and again as it generally happens, his grades fall (well, typical Bollywood style) and then again he starts all over again from scratch. Coaching over, he is back in town; results fail him again. His father also passes away one fine day leaving him in debt from top to bottom. Lonely and devastated, he decides to attend a local college on the advice of one of the friends from coaching classes, and here he meets Sunil. This is the turning point of the story. Sunil takes him to local MLA – Shukla. Thus, begins the story of Gopal as the Director of Ganga Tech College in Varanasi. This portion if full of political drama, agricultural land being converted into college, bribery at all level and we name it, we have it. Along with this, we have Raghav, who is not interested in joining a MNC after completing his engineering but wants to be a journalist and wants to bring the revolution in India. He wants to change the scenario of the country. Then, there is Aarti who wants to be an air hostess but becomes a front desk officer at one of the reputed hotels in Varanasi.

Amidst all this, Raghav doesn’t have time for Aarti and fate again brings Gopal and Aarti together.  What happens next? Whom does Aarti finally marry? What happens to Raghav? Does he become a hot shot journalist? What happens to Gopal as a Director? What happens to his college? All these questions and many more; to find out the answers one needs to read the book.

However, this is not one of the best works of Chetan Bhagat. Period.  As a reader, I felt the story is boring, it is a typical stuff which each one of knows and I believe has seen many a times in our Bollywood movies or even T.V Serials. I guess that we have so much of overdose of corruption and bribery in our country that reading it in a novel does not excite anyone.  The story actually drags. There are no twists and turns, it is just so very predictable. After “2 States”, the expectation was more but some where the book fails to meet that expectation. I have read all the books of Chetan Bhagat, and I must admit for an otherwise quick reader, this one took me so much time to finish it and it was a sheer disappointment. I am still confused, as to why it is named as Revolution 2020? May be the newspaper columns he writes these days have influenced the writer in CB and he ended up loosing his original flavor.

I suggest, please read the book without any expectation, you may actually like it then.

My verdict – As a reader I expected a lot more! And as a writer, Mr.Bhagat could have done a better job or at least tried doing so.


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  1. Vaishali Gautam

    I pretty much liked the story…tears rolled down my eyes when gopal slept on the scrap book made by aarti!! gopal had already faced crucial situations in life n then also he decided to live without his love..his life…!!
    the guilt in him overtook him…he was nt in a state to show his love to aarti anymore…n it was that innocent keshav in him who took d initiative!! he made gopal raise upto d greatness of raghav…he felt for him…he thot perhaps it was in his hands 2 reward d good this tym!! so he did…!!! WELL EVERYONE HAS TO DO HIS BIT FOR THE REVOLUTION!!

    1. Shivkumar Jadhav

      I loved d story…..
      ‘Incredible’ writing Chetan sir….
      i took 3 days to go through this story….but d story influenced me me throughout these days….owesome!

  2. Trinayan Chakraborty

    I hate the book. After all that happened with Gopal throughout his life I think he deserved happiness atleast in the end.

      1. shivanand

        Hi Mandy, you are great dude. i wanna see n talk u dude… big salute to chethan bhaghat sir..

        1. Rohan

          It’s not a real story! That’s why it’s under the fiction section. Chetan Bhagat is an excellent writer but there’s no reality to the story!!

    1. mit

      i also live like gopal but i have no frnds even single for me ………..gopal jaise log shayad aise hi marte hai jaise mai yaha mar raha hu

  3. Vishnu

    Chetan sir im a grt fan of u. U said no heroes in ur stories bt gopal is the real hero here. N revolution 2020 is great:)

  4. vijeta malviya

    hey gopal,if u are real hero than never feel that u are alone,we all with u…nd u r are very good person….m missing u soo much….

  5. rashmeet

    one of d best stories i ever read…..
    it touched my heart n made me cry……
    but d worst part was he lost everything.,even his love……..
    he deserved aarti….
    1 line to describe dis story.
    raghav ne khote hue b “kuch ni khoya”
    aur gopal ne paate hue b “kuch ni paya”……….
    hope gopal gets somel who can make his lyf better….:)

  6. rashmeet

    i want to meet aarti n tell her what sacrifices gopal made to give her such a wondreful lyf she must b leading now……..
    atleast she shuld realize how mch gopal lved her…..
    n apologise for wat she did to him……….:(

  7. Neeraj

    Aarti z a chinal n gopal z a gandu. I ll fuck aarti ass in frnt f raghav ..she z z a slut really whn gopi dsnt hv money she left him n b wd mr raghav who wz iitian n whn she find gopal successful she wanna b wd him so dt she cn enjoy royaliTy.thz shwz real face f gls gls r ol sme bloody bitchs.

  8. shriram

    in nw modrn era we r confsd who is bad or gud man but here we easily recognizd gopal is a holy soul and he is d real honest person of d story….wen gopal went cota raghav did not gud even he knw aarti is his frdd grlfrddd…instaea of all theese gopal watever did like a saint


    i liked the re2020 very much . gopal is vry nice person even he don’t get the happiness at the end

  10. rajesh sanasam

    this type of story is precious and really very charming. that kind of love by gopal for aarti is marvelous and crazy. whenever they are in meeting the story glows more and more beautiful then others because that kind of love is hardly found nowadays. your pen or hand or head has a magic that what you describe about aarti is really fantastic, a pure dessy girl with the gift of god of beauty or even she may be an incarnation of god of beauty. love your story a lot

  11. Daraksha

    Is it really a real story….I literally cry wen i thnk abt gopal nd aarti…i jst wnt aarti to knw de truth,de sacrifice dat gopal gave 4r hr,bt stl ws lft all alone..y cnt a luv stry hv a happy ending..

  12. praveen kumar

    In the end Gopal did the best thing in his life.
    I know this is very painful to lost the person that you love much but see the Rahgav character.He did not do his job when he placed in Infosis but want to change the system.Even when his Newspaper crused out he did not stop.If he have such a huge guts to fight against corruption then a sacrifice given by Gopal is smaller.Gopal know the fact that Raghav will do much better work as an M.L.A.Definitely Rahgav will change thousand of life when he will be M.L.A.
    Its better to give your life to save the thousand of life and Aarti is Gopal life.

  13. mayank

    itz realy a heart mltng story….if it is a real den i want to meet gopal sir…i m vry eager to meet sch great persnality in ma life…he is a true lover nd a truly good person..more than raghav…nd aarti is so stupid she doesnt evn recognis d truth….i cried vry mch due to miserable cndtn of gopal….i m vry sympathetic to him…..i missed ma schol days vry mch.nd want to bck in ma childhood…y we grow up…its seems vry bad…….

  14. abhishek

    among all the book,i like it the most
    because its all about the place from where i m,
    varansi…and my preparation place kota.
    the story has touch the aal aspect of life love,corruption and ambition..
    and it also incident light on mental,social aspect of student,when he leaves his city,
    or he get sucesses n falure.
    it is just awesome.

  15. himanshi kapoor

    adore you Gopal! U r d bestest human n d earth n u n ur love deservd Aarti.. Nt a gud end o story! M upset! M 24yrs old gal n Cn mary Gopal evn he aint a big shot! Love ya!

  16. himanshi kapoor

    helo i saw ua coment on revolutn 2020 by chetan bhagat. . I dint lyk wat hapnd 2 Gopal, he realy deservd Aarti n he shud hav fuckd al d world up! Hw r u? N y u thnk ur alone? Cheerup:)

  17. himanshi kapoor

    Aarti, d most idiotic charactr o d story who had been a brainles female.. Beauty wit no brains kinda! Alwaz perplxd in her own, cudnt evn realz who lovd her mst n wit whm she wantd 2live.. On d othr side Gopal didnt do d ryt thng.. He suferd ol his lyf wit debt n ol n nw wen he cud mak sumthng watevr d means was, he deservd d only Idiotic gurl of dis story atleast! No bloody Revolutn cn happn here! Live n let live!! Dis is lyf n stay k! Gopal was a gud human! Chetn bhagat didnt write it wel! Sowi bt aint hapy! Fuck you chetan, Aarti d brail female! D HEROES were TWO..GOPAL n RAGHAV.. n both r right on their own Platforms!!

  18. Nagendra

    Hi Chetan Ji,

    After reading Revolution 2020, i came to consultations always the stupid girls trust fake things Only. they never look inside the Heart.

  19. himanshi kapoor

    helo neeraj. .i lafd whle readng ua coment on Revolutn 2020, and bravo cuz u wrote so corect! Dat was realy a fuckn story! Bingo! Must read ma coments 2 n gingr chai.. 😀

  20. JERSUN

    gopal is the real hero,but aarthi is also supposed to know the truth how gopal sacrificed his dream betterhalf for some stupid revolution

  21. vijay

    when a thirsty gets first drop, he dosn’t care wheather it is water,wine or poision he just takes,GOPAL is no exception

  22. lalasa

    as usually u rocks…………….. what a story is this……..
    i sared reading novels with ur two states…….
    now my sec one is this really both are really awesome…….
    the way ur presenting the story and its reality is very nice……

  23. Sudhir kr rao

    This story z gd enough 2 understand the these days girls charater even without knowing the feelings of who make her too love and them in place of love

  24. Sudhir kr rao

    I like story too definitely this real one bz there so many aarti who cheating with a simple boy like gopal

  25. Sudhir kr rao

    There is so many real story this .definitely it z real but belongs to wide part of world not only in varanasi

  26. kumar

    its a very nice story but aarti should come back to gopal life again then it will more interesting…….

  27. Arun

    Amazing quote. Love, Ambition, corruption.AT LAST GOPAL REALIZED his friends good deeds. And so sad that he has nobody nw. Aarti should the truth and regret that she had made all wrong choices in her life. But gopal lead her to a better life by dumping his own and helping ragav. HATS OFF TO CHETAN JI for his wonderfull depiction. Cant hold my feeling.

  28. Ashish Dubey

    Hi, chetan sir i really admire ur thought, the way u hav put up the story in revolution 2020. And the bst charecter i liked in revolution is mr:Ragahv Kashyap. His honesty thru out the story n his dedication 2wards his passion. N lst bt nt least mr: Gopal Mishra, whtevr he did at the lst of story its showz honesty n respect 2wards women. Thankx chetan sir

  29. Shailaja K

    I loved the book alot..and always thinking about the 3 characters…feel like seing Gopal, Raghav and ofcourse the pretty girl Aarti!!!Thanks for the book chetan ji…

    1. Shailaja .K

      I loved the book alot..and always thinking about the characters…feel like seing Gopal, Raghav and ofcourse the pretty girl Aarati..!!!thanks alot chetan ji..for this wonderful book

  30. Amith

    Awesome Chetan ji…Revolution 2020 is the best book i have ever read so far..but i didnt like the ending…In epilogue gopal said “I told you..I am anot worthy enough to be a hero in your story”..well ur the true HERO ..

  31. shara

    I hope i get chance of meeting Gopal sir!!!
    Gopal sir u r great…
    thanks to Chetan sir coz of him many of us got to know about such great personality.. n of-course m inspired.. 🙂

  32. himanshu

    this s best novel i hav ever read……
    is this a real story…..plzzzzzzzzzzz tell me
    welll gopal is d real hero…he can simply marry he honest abt his love…
    aarti whom he love more den his breath…
    circumstances & aarti negotiation makes him corrupt…
    i like raghav’s honest & passion abt revolution

  33. sumanjeet kaur

    i really loved dis story coz 80% of the story belongs to me . chetan sir u have showed me a mirror

  34. Anitha

    I just had a feeling of watching a known indian movie… As i am emotional in nature i cried for Gopal..I am happy if it is not a real story..Since i dont want Gopal i such a situation. I feel that Aarthi can live without Raghav or Raghav without Aathi. But for Gopal it is not possible. Chetan sir plz dont bring sad endings. It makes the heart heavy.

  35. Poonam

    I am so touched……..i really want to meet Gopal. If this happen i will be TOP OF THE WORLD. I love u chetan sir

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